A Guide to Slow Cooker Breakfast Casseroles

updated Jul 25, 2019
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Meghan introduced us all to the everyday beauty of miracle meals, the dinners that emerge miraculously through sheer wit and pluck. But we need miracles at breakfast, too — perhaps even more so, given how tough it can be to eat a hearty breakfast on a busy morning.

And miracles do emerge to rescue you from breakfast poverty — it’s time for you to know the magic of the slow cooker breakfast casserole. It cooks while you sleep, and you wake up to the bliss of a protein-filled start to the day.

Sound too good to be true? We bring glad tidings; this miracle is real. Here is all you need to master the breakfast slow cooker casserole, and even stash freezer kits away for ultra-quick preparation.

Hello, miracle. (Image credit: Christine Han)

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casseroles: The Basic Method

Slow cooker egg casseroles might just be the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it meal. They work through the night, so you can wake up to a hot breakfast. And yes, they cook for about eight hours, the length of a solid night’s sleep.

Inspired by our favorite breakfast sandwich, the recipe in our tutorial for this casserole is layered with ingredients like cubed bread, crumbled sausage, cheddar, and eggs. But memorize the technique and you can change it up and adapt it to any flavors you like.

A kit for faster, easier casserole prep. It doesn’t get any better than this. (Image credit: Lauren Volo)

The Ingenious Twist: Freezer Kits for Faster Prep

The trick, of course, with slow cooker casseroles, is that you have to remember to start them the night before. And we totally get it — sometimes the extra cooking at night just isn’t happening.

Well, we have a second miracle for you (will wonders never cease!): the slow-cooker breakfast casserole freezer kit.

(How many good words were in that sentence? We lost count.)

With some upfront work in a single prep session, you can put together the ingredients for three or four casseroles. Stash them in the freezer, then add them straight to the slow cooker just before you go to bed.

Master the method and then read on below for more kit combination flavors and ideas, and tips for success.

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